THE PURPOSE

“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”            1 John 3:8 NKJV

 

John in his writings has declared that Christ appeared to take away sins. Here the focus is on Christ’s coming to destroy Satan’s works. This refers mainly to the devil’s work of promoting sin in the human race. The word “destroy” is the Greek word “to loose”. It is as if we were bound by sin’s chains, but Jesus freed us from the chains. He came to pay the penalty for sin that we justly deserved. By so doing, He broke Satan’s power to accuse us before God (Revelation 12:10) and He broke sin’s power in the lives of believers (Romans 6:10-13). John is making the point that if we tolerate sin in our lives, we are siding with the devil against Jesus Christ, who came to destroy the devil’s works. If we are going to grow and mature as followers of Jesus Christ, the first step is to recognize the sinfulness of sin, both in its essence as lawlessness and in its diabolical origin. The next step is to see its absolute incompatibility with Jesus Christ in His sinless Person and saving work. The more clearly we grasp these facts, the more incongruous sin will appear and the more determined we will be to be rid of it. This is not done in our own strength, but through the power and ministry of the indwelling Holy Spirit in our lives, as children of God. Therefore, we are to be reminded of the words of Peter, in 2 Peter 1:3, our Lord has given us His divine power to live the life He has called us to, a life of godliness, through our knowledge of Him who has called us by His glory and grace.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, thank You empowering us to live godly lives.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for giving us Your divine power to live the life You have called us to live, a life of godliness, through our knowledge of You who have called us by Your glory and grace. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Chronicles 29:21-25

 

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